NOLA Public Schools not sure if kids will return to classes

Henderson Lewis

Will students return to New Orleans Public Schools in August?  That was not clear during a news conference today.

Education leaders say increasing cases of coronavirus have them reevaluating the plan.

"We are reviewing that data, and our plan is on making an announcement next week if we must pivot," NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. announced.

New Orleans  Health Director, Dr. Jennifer Avegno said, "Next week the health department, mayors office and NOLA Public Schools will meet to reassess current data and recommend any adjustments that need to be made to the reopening plan, given current health threats."

Henderson says that may include using distance learning instead of children coming back to school buildings.  

Avegno says if they do reopen schools next month, everyone will be required to cover their mouths and noses.

"All students, teachers and staff will be required to wear face coverings," she insisted. "The evidence is overwhelming clear that widespread use of face coverings protects everyone and is one of the most important tools to keep the school or community from spreading the virus."

There will also be restrictions on class sizes, gatherings in schools, breakfast and lunch arrangements, bus capacity and more.

Earlier this month, NOLA Public Schools released a Roadmap to Reopening.

"The Roadmap outlines a phased approach with clear standards for all schools to adhere to when implementing their school-specific plans for next year," according to a news release.

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